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Highlights and Happenings: Meet Hall of Fame 2022 Inductee Marcella Araica & Hall of Fame 2014 Inductee Hunter M. Via!
How Hall of Fame Began …
Since 2009, Full Sail University has celebrated the now time-honored tradition that is the Full Sail University Hall of Fame. Its purpose is to acknowledge those graduates who have made outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, technology, media, and the arts throughout the university’s almost 40-year history.____
Full Sail University Hall of Fame Inductee Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica
Marcella has worked with some of the world’s biggest artists and shows no sign of slowing down.
Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica has been making history in the music industry since the week she graduated from Full Sail University in 2002. She’s played an integral role in bringing the country’s favorite early 2000s hits to life, from Britney Spears’ “Gimme More” to Mariah Carey’s “Migrate.” Her nickname, “Ms. Lago,” was even given to her by the legendary Missy Elliott. And, in 2013, she was inducted into the Full Sail University Hall of Fame [LINK: https://www.fullsail.edu/hall-of-fame/inductees/marcella-araica].
Like most teenagers, Marcella loved music. But it was only when she started hanging out with a group of aspiring rappers in high school that she realized she wanted to pursue it professionally. When she took a tour of Full Sail, she realized the school had the potential to help her dreams come true. After a couple of years of hard work, she graduated from the Recording Arts program at the top of her class and was awarded the program’s highest honor at the time: the Advanced Recording Engineer Award.
She was offered a job at the Hit Factory as a General Assistant in Miami, Florida only a week after graduating and hasn’t slowed down since. Marcella’s accomplishments have been no less than extraordinary. She’s been mentored by Jimmy Douglass and fellow Full Sail graduate Demacio "Demo" Castellon, and has worked with Snoop Dogg, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Derulo, Usher, and many more. She’s also won two ASCAP awards for her work with Keri Hilson and P!nk.
But Marcella hasn’t limited herself to producing music. She’s also teamed up with songwriter and fellow producer Danja to co-found an independent music label, N.A.R.S. (New Age Rock Stars) Records, and a 4,000-square-foot music studio, Dream Asylum Studios.
“Music is love. In turn, I love it,” she says.
Marcella has been featured in **Tape Op**, Vintage King, **Sound on Sound**, and more.
Find her discography here.____
Award-Winning Film and TV Editor is a Full Sail Hall of Fame Inductee
Hunter M. Via has worked on some of television’s biggest shows.
Hunter M. Via, A.C.E. is an award-winning editor best known for his work on **The Walking Dead**, **Sons of Anarchy**, and Stephen King’s **The Mist**. Born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, Hunter had always loved making movies with his dad’s giant old-school video camera. However, it was only when he started his college journey that he began to seriously consider making a career out of it. After changing colleges twice, Hunter eventually enrolled in Full Sail University and graduated with a Film degree in 2000. Shortly after, he started the America Cinema Editors (ACE) Internship, where he is now a member. In 2014, he was announced as a member of the Full Sail University Hall of Fame's 6th annual induction class.
From working on the widely celebrated mockumentary comedy series **Arrested Development** to the 1940s drama series **Mob City**, Hunter enjoys editing a wide range of genres. “One of the fun things about editing in general is being able to control time,” he shares.
While Hunter excels at orchestrating a show’s comedic timing or keeping an audience at the edge of their seats with the right amount of tense, dramatic editing, he prefers the darker side of the film and television industry.
Recently, he’s been editing thriller and horror movies, including **Torn Hearts**and **A House on Bayou**. He’s also been editing the **Sons of Anarchy** spinoff **Mayans M.C.**. "I'm not a violent person; I don't know what the draw is, but I enjoy horror. I've made a career out of doing horrible things to people," says Hunter.
Hunter has won Best Editing awards from ACE USA (for his work on **The Walking Dead**), the Monaco International Film Festival, and the South Film and Arts Academy Festival.
His work has been featured in Mandy.
Filmography is available here.